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Garnering the youth vote poll challenge, says Kant

A speaker from Fiji says mobilising the significant youth vote will be a major goal for political parties in the upcoming election. Speaking at a conference at the Australian National
11 Jul 2014 08:03

A speaker from Fiji says mobilising the significant youth vote will be a major goal for political parties in the upcoming election.
Speaking at a conference at the Australian National University, Romitesh Kant says eight years on from the last election, a large bloc of people who have never voted before has been created.
Mr Kant says this group is very attractive for parties, but making youth interested in becoming active participants in the democratic process will be challenging.
He said: “I think for the past eight years or so the environment hasn’t actually been conducive enough to allow them to be critical, [to] ask questions, and then suddenly six months, or three months, before elections they are thrust into this and expected to just come up and ask questions and be critical.”
Mr Kant.was previously a researcher for the Citizens Constitutional Forum and civic/electoral associate at the United Nations Development Programme. He is now a teaching assistant at the University of the South Pacific while pursuing further studies. He won a research fellowship with the State Society and Governance in Melanesia Project at Australian National University. The election is on 17th of September. – RNZI
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